Definition of Horse mackerel

1. Noun. Largest tuna; to 1500 pounds; of mostly temperate seas: feed in polar regions but breed in tropics.

Exact synonyms: Bluefin, Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus Thynnus
Group relationships: Genus Thunnus, Thunnus
Generic synonyms: Tuna, Tunny
Terms within: Bluefin, Bluefin Tuna

2. Noun. Large elongated compressed food fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe.
Exact synonyms: Saurel, Trachurus Trachurus
Generic synonyms: Scad

3. Noun. A California food fish.
Exact synonyms: Jack Mackerel, Saurel, Spanish Mackerel, Trachurus Symmetricus
Generic synonyms: Scad

Definition of Horse mackerel

1. Noun. A large fish; variously the Australian bonito (''Sarda australis''), the pilot fish (''Naucrates ductor''), or the jack mackerel (genus ''Trachurus''). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Horse Mackerel

horse cart
horse cavalry
horse chestnut
horse diseases
horse doctor
horse fancier
horse fly
horse gentian
horse grain
horse gram
horse latitude
horse mackerel (current term)
horse mackerels
horse manure
horse mushroom
horse nettle
horse of a different color
horse of a different colour
horse of the wood
horse opera
horse operas
horse parsley
horse pistol
horse power
horse puckey

Literary usage of Horse mackerel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Foods and Their Adulteration: Origin, Manufacture, and Composition of Food by Harvey Washington Wiley (1917)
"horse mackerel.—Another species belonging to the mackerel family is the horse ... The horse mackerel is a fish of very great size and is the very largest of ..."

2. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"See CALM LATITUDES. HORSELESS CARRIAGE. See AUTOMOBILE. HORSE-MACKEREL. A name given to several species of fishes of the family ..."

3. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"... a "fossilised lunkhead" The term lunkhead is usually applied by sporting men to a very sorry style of horse, but never, we believe, to a horse mackerel. ..."

4. Fishing in American Waters by Genio C. Scott (1875)
"While in Gaspe I sketched the head and tail of a horse mackerel which had just been harpooned in the Bay of Gaspe by Thomas Morland, Esq. The fish weighed ..."

5. Inside the German Empire in the Third Year of the War by Herbert Bayard Swope (1917)
"... seriously—Dancing verboten—Economy in uniforms—Meat " speak-easies "—" Horse mackerel " in disguise—All dogs at work—Potatoes on the corner-lot—Crossing ..."

6. Moose-hunting, Salmon-fishing and Other Sketches of Sport: Being the Record by T. R. Pattillo (1902)
"... pursued thither by their relentless foes the albacores, sometimes called the horse-mackerel, from their great resemblance to the mackerel—in fact, ..."

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